For the first time in Russian football history it’s not the club, but a guilty fan that is going to pay a fine for misconduct at the stadium.
A magistrate court in Saint Petersburg has upheld an action brought by Zenit football club against a fan at the Petrovsky stadium.
The young man got onto the pitch during a Russian Premier League against Terek Grozny on September 14, 2012.
Zenit were handed a fine of 20,000 roubles (around $630) in accordance with the League’s regulations.
But the club went to court demanding the fan to pay the fine for his offense and not the club.
The magistrates ruled that not Zenit, but the perpetrator will have to part with the 20,000 roubles.
“This is the first of a kind case in the Russian legal practice,” Zenit’s press-service stressed. “Previously, in our country all penalty payments for the fans making their way to the pitch would solely lie on the shoulders of the football clubs.”
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